— [http://goo.gl/MahTPg] English Homework in primary school in Norway_______________________(3th grade).



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Compulsory schooling in Norway consists of ten years: grades 1-7 in primary school and grades 8-10 in lower secondary school. The children start (primary) school the year they turn 6 or are about to turn 6 (before December 31st), and graduate (from lower secondary) the year they turn 15 or are about to turn 16. Most students attend separate primary and lower secondary schools, but about one quarter of the students are enrolled in so-called combined schools that offer both primary and lower secondary education. Schools have catchment areas, and parental choice among schools for given residence is usually not allowed. Grade repetition is not common in Norway.



There is a debate going on in Norway today on whether primary and pre-secondary school children should do homework or not. Some parents argument that it is useless; their children don't learn that much. Some children even weep over homework. But, is having no homework really a smart thing? There seem to be a positive effect of homework (in mathematics) on average. However, not all students seem to benefit from homework.

The thing is that when teachers give children homework -in this case- on the English language, their students have to memorize isolated English words, vocabulary without a context. If topics which are supposed to be taught in class are given as homework, this may affect negatively the achievement of students because these they, on average, learn relatively more while in school than at home. That is the case of my two school kids -3rd and 5th graders- who have to learn 6 or 7 English words by Friday, but no context. So, as a High School Spanish and English Trainer, I have given the homework some meaning; I call this method: English in Use.


Original Homework: Isolated New English words - Vocabulary

duckling - andunge

calf - kalv

piglet - grisunge

lamb - lam

puppy - valp

kitten - kattunge


Modified Homework: English Vocabulary with Norwegian and Spanish translation

duckling - andunge - patito

calf - kalv - ternero

piglet - grisunge - lechón / cerdito

lamb - lam - cordero

puppy - valp – cachorro / perrito

kitten - kattunge - gatito / gatita


Original Instruction: You can learn at least four of them.


Learning English - English in Use - English in Context:

1) My cat takes care of the ducklings.

2) The calf is learning to walk.

3) Those piglets are sleeping.

4) Sofia has a little lamb that likes dancing.

5) I got a cute puppy that wants to play.

6) My kittens met my puppies yesterday for the first time.


Learning English deeply - English in Use - English in Context:

Backchaining is one of many drilling techniques which can be used to focus on pronunciation problems. It is particularly useful to help learners pronounce weak, elided or intrusive sounds. In addition to helping learners say difficult phrases, it may also be fun. I use videoclips too to illustrate the sentences.


1) My cat takes care of the ducklings.

Mi gata cuida a los patitos.
Katten min passer på andungene.


... ducklings.

... the ducklings.

... care of the ducklings.

... takes care of the ducklings.

My cat takes care of the ducklings.

2) The calf is learning to walk.
El ternero está aprendiendo a caminar.

Kalven holder på å lære å gå.


... walk

... to walk.

... learning to walk.

... is learning to walk.

The calf is learning to walk.

3) Those piglets are sleeping.
Esos lechones están durmiendo.

De grisungene ligger der og sover.


... sleeping.

... are sleeping.

... piglets are sleeping.

Those piglets are sleeping.

4) Sofia has a little lamb that likes dancing.

Sofia tiene un cordero que le gusta bailar.
Sofia har et lam som liker å danse.


... dancing.

... likes dancing.

... that likes dancing.

... lamb that likes dancing.

... a little lamb that likes dancing.

... has a little lamb that likes dancing.

Sofia has a little lamb that likes dancing.

5) I got a cute puppy that wants to play.

Tengo un perrito chulo que quiere jugar.
Jeg har en søt valp som vil leke.


... play.

... to play.

... wants to play.

... puppy that wants to play.

... cute puppy that wants to play.

... a cute puppy that wants to play.

... got a cute puppy that wants to play.

I got a cute puppy that wants to play.

6) My kittens met my puppies yesterday for the first time.

Mis gatitos se encontraron con mis perritos por primera vez.
kattungene mine traff valpene mine i går for første gang.


... time.

... first time.

... for the first time.

... yesterday for the first time.

... my puppies yesterday for the first time.

... met my puppies yesterday for the first time.

... kittens met my puppies yesterday for the first time.

My kittens met my puppies yesterday for the first time.

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